James Tavernier bizarrely thinks rivals deserved more vs Celtic despite creating 2 chances

By David Walton

April 11, 2022

James Tavernier has stated that Rangers deserved more against Celtic last week despite barely forcing Joe Hart into a meaningful save.

Celtic managed to overcome the Ibrox atmosphere and secure a superb 2-1 win at the home of our rivals. The result put us 6 points clear with the title firmly in our grasp. And if you were to ask many who watched the game, Celtic were comfortable throughout.

In fact, if anything, it was the Hoops who should’ve added to their lead in the closing stages. Liel Abada missed 2 guilt-edged opportunities that would’ve made the scoreline look more attractive to the Celtic supporters.

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Yet despite getting exactly what they deserved, Tavernier incredible thinks their performance was a total contrast to the 3-0 hammering they suffered at Celtic Park. Speaking to Sky Sports, the Rangers captain said:

“The first game where we lost away it wasn’t the performance that we wanted. So them taking 3 points in that game, we didn’t play good enough.

“Obviously with the game at home we should’ve come out with a lot more out of the game. It’s night and day to the performance that we put in in the away leg to the performance that we put in at home.

“We can’t control what happens with other teams so we’ve got to be fully focused on our performances and finish off the season as strongly as we can.”

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Rangers weren’t creative enough to deserve anything from Celtic at Ibrox

If Tavernier believes Rangers’ performance at Ibrox was some sort of drastic improvement on their Celtic Park display then they’re even more delusional than we first thought.

Celtic were never going to go to Ibrox and win 3-0 or 4-0. It was never going to pan out how the game at Parkhead did. Yet Tavernier seems to see that as some sort of sign of improvement on Rangers’ part. The truth is that with the toxic atmosphere and the importance of the game, it was always going to be tight.

Rangers could’ve come away crying about what they deserved had they actually created anything of substance. Outside of Aaron Ramsey’s early opener and a Fashion Sakala strike, however, there was nothing for them to rave about. In fact, Hart barely even had to break sweat as Rangers resorted to cross after cross that was repelled by the Celtic backline.

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This comes across as the Ibrox captain simply looking at the stats and feeling they deserved something. He’s looked at the possession and the shot total and thought we were lucky to get away with it.

The truth is Celtic were happy to give Rangers possession in areas that weren’t dangerous as we knew we could leap on any errors. As for how many shots they had on the day? When it comes to the ones that were on target, they were routine for the Celtic goalkeeper.

Compare that to Celtic. Outside of our 2 goals we had 2 great Abada chances whilst Daizen Maeda got in behind them on 2 occasions also. Not to mention a big opening for Tom Rogic after his equaliser. If you want to talk about who deserved what, let’s get the narrative right. Rangers didn’t merit anything more than they got last week.

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